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>> that's in the city. watch out in the country. that's our news at 6:00. >> up next nbc nightly news with lester holt. see you at 11:00. tonight. under fire. the attorney general jeff sessions announces he will recuse himself from the investigation of russian interference in the election. democrats want him to resign. snap billionaires. the addictive app that makes messages disappear goes public. it's this 26-year-old founder the next mark zuckerberg. where is winter? unusual warmth sweeping the country. concerns about why spring is creeping earlier and earlier. fighting cancer. researchers unveil a new approach to the debilitating side effects. inspiring america.
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a female no, ma'am on the court provering nothing can slow him down. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. just three weeks on the job attorney general jeff sessions is caught in a growing political and legal fire storm over his silence about contacts with the russian deputi diplomat. sessions announced he will step aside from the investigation into russian meddling in the election. it still leaves open why he omitted such contacts during his senate confirmation hearing in january. pete williams is at the department of justice and has details. pete. >> reporter: lester, after day of calls from some democrats for him to resign, jeff sessions said he has concluded he must bow out of making any decisions involving the investigation of
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russian's attempt to influence the elections. he said he is doing it to avoid the appearance of a conflict. >> good morning, mr. sessions. >> reporter: the attorney general said he sought the advice of career justice department officials beginning several days ago before making today's dramatic announcement. >> i believe those recommendations are right and just. therefore, i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump campaign. >> reporter: jeff sessions campaigned extensively with donald trump and was a campaign advisor. during his confirmation hearing he was asked about campaign contacts with russians in light of russia's attempt to influence the election. >> i'm not aware of any of those activities. i have been called a surrogate at a time twor two and i did not have communications with the russians. >> reporter: sessions talked twice last year with russia's ambassador to the u.s.
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in july while speaking at a convention in september and a one-on-one conversation in his senate office at a time when russian influence with constantly in the headlines. sessions insist he did not mislead the question because he und understood the question about the campaign but wishes he answered differently. >> i should have slowed down and said i did meet one russian official a couple of times. that would be the ambassador. >> reporter: some legal experts say he may not have committed perjury but should have been more clear. >> i don't believe it would appropriate to prosecute him for perjury but he could have been more candid. >> reporter: today sessions said he has tho recollecti no recollection of talking to the ambassador about the campaign. the conversation was about terrorism and ukraine. with sessions recused, the acting deputy attorney general, dana
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boen boente, takes over the case. pete williams at the justice department. >> reporter: this is peter alexander. standing by his attorney general. asked whether he had confidence in jeff sessions his answer. >> total. >> reporter: and whether he thought the attorney general testify truthfully. >> i think he did. >> reporter: mr. trump adding he wasn't aware sessions spoken to the ambassador. they only learned from a reporter shortly before the story broke. today top aide reince priebus and steve bannon skipping the president's trip staying to help manage the sessions fall out. >> i think it's just best in this case he recuse himself. >> i think the attorney general should further clarify. i think he will need to recuse himself. >> reporter: democrats
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going further. >> the fact the to cop in our country lied under oath to the american people is grounds for him to resign. >> for the good of the country, attorney general sessions should resign. >> reporter: democrats also raising questions about the timing of sessions september meeting with ambassador. just three days after president obama set sanctions on russia shouldn't be rolled back. senator dianne feinstein cast doubt on sessions claim he didn't remember much about the meeting. most recently seen here in the president's address to congress tuesday night. >> this particular ambassador is hard to forget. to say that he couldn't remember is just simply not believable. >> reporter: it was conversations with the same ambassador that led to the firing of michael flynn last night. while the white house is depending sessions, his testimony under oath remains under scrutiny with critics going to this 1999
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claim where he called perjury claims against clinton serious allegations. >> in america and the supreme court and american people believe no one is above the law. >> reporter: we're learning about another meeting between two of the president's closest advisors and the same russian ambassador. michael flynn and the president's son-in-law both met with him at trump tower in december. white house aides say it was a brief courtesy meeting and at the russian's request. lester. >> thanks. let's bring in our political director chuck todd. this time yesterday the focus was on the president's address to congress. a day later it's back on russia. it doesn't go away. how do they free themselves of this? >> this story is consuming their presidency. if they're not careful, it will consume the legislative calendar. it will make it harder to redo obama care and tax reform. they may get to the point the trump white house will want an
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independent prosecutor or commission to look into this because the drip, drip, drip where you have a day of distractions here, you'll have republicans on capitol hill saying i'm tired of this. can we remove this investigation from congress at this point? put it into independent hands and you can buy time and come pacompartmentalize it. you can move on and do some governing. if they don't do this, it's going to consume this presidency. >> all right. chuck todd tonight. thank you. one more quick note. to more cabinet picks were confirmed today. ben carson has been sworn in as secretary of housing and urban development after passing by a vote of 58-41. former texas governor, rick perry was
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confirmed by the senate as energy secretary. now to major debut on wall street today. the company behind the wildly popular messaging app senanapchat went public and saw the value skyrocket to $35 billion. it made billions for the company's 26-year-old ceo who had the foresight to turn down an offer from facebook years ago. we have details. >> reporter: the app known for its disappearing messages making a permanent mark on wall street today. it went public on the new york stock exchange. shares soordared 44%. >> how many times are you snapping a day? >> sometimes in conversation then like upwards of 20. >> i send snapchats a couple of times day. >> reporter: founded by now 26-year-old evan spiegel in his stanford dorm room.
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you can send and sev receive photos that can disappear after ten seconds. >> you don't have to worry about someone digging through it. >> reporter: the majority of users are 18-34. checking the app more than 18 times day. spending about 30 minutes a day snapping. >> on facebook, you want to be in touch with as many people as you can. on snapchat it's about your intimate relationships. the people who you should show how silly you are. >> reporter: the ceo is compared to facebook founder. zuckerberg wanted to buy for $3 billion in cash three years ago. spiegel turn eed homosexuhim down. >> reporter: light speed was the first partner in snap and now they are cashing in. >> he's always had this ability to understand what users want.
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>> reporter: he made $5.4 billion today. the company now worth about 35 billion. impressive numbers for a business that has yet to turn a profit. nbc news, new york. in nashville this evening an urgent man hunt for a killer. the family of a nurse fatally stabbed by an intruder in her own home is pleading for help to find her murder. they are hoping security video will help them crack the case. >> reporter: tonight the man hunt for the hooded figure this this surveillance video is intensifying. police suspect he was checking for unlocked cars, minutes before he snuck into an apartment complex and stabbed tiffany ferguson to death. >> she had a heart for nursing. >> reporter: her roommate heard the screams and called 911. >> we felt safe. we never felt like this could happen. >> reporter: so safe she says, they planned the sign a new
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yearlong lease later that same day. instead, according to police, the burglar entered the apartment through an unlocked door and raided it for valuables when he came upon the 23-year-old. >> this does appear to be random act. a very rare random act of violence in this particular area. >> reporter: her twin sister says tiffany was the best of us. she had a heart for people and wanted to help those less unfortunate. to know her was to love her. she worked at this nashville hospital for years, an intensive care nurse after graduating from college in alabama. as they plan her funeral, family and friends are remembering a life cut short. a woman with a contagious smile. >> she loved to dance. she may not be the best but this was my best friend, you know, amazing nurse and a daughter and an aunt and a twin. just a good person. the best person.
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>> reporter: they now hope this video will help lead police to her killer. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. across much of the country it's beginning to feel like spring from record daily highs to the warmest winter on record. much of the nation is thawing out. miguel almaguer explains why spring arriving early in some places isn't always good news. >> reporter: in a city where change doesn't come easy, spring has sprung in washington, d.c. the famed cherry blossoms set to hit peak bloom in mid-march, the earliest since 1990. scientist attract the arrival by the blossoming of certain plants but warmer weather can complicate the growing season for farmers, throw a wrench in the ecosystem and bring misery to allergy sufferers. >> this early spring is one part of the fingerprint of climate
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change and it's important to understand the different effects that are changing climate might have on us. >> reporter: much of the country is seeing spring weeks ahead of schedule. boston then. boston,000. >> it's really nice to be out now. >> reporter: in texas the blue bonnets are out. in south florida, some of the warmest winter on record. did phil get it wrong? >> six more weeks of winter it shall be. >> reporter: for the first time in 48 years more snow in seattle than minneapolis this year. for the first time in nearly 150 years, no snow on the ground in chicago during january and february. >> just take a look at these temperatures as we make our way in through march. a huge position r portion of the country expecting warmer temperatures. >> reporter: according to the calendar winter won't end for three weeks. for many it feels like summer is just around the corner. miguel almaguer, nbc
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feel better once you start moving. for her daughter she's a great example of why they recommends exercise even before medications to battle fatigue. >> it keeps her mood elevate, stimulates sleep, appetite and she's cruising through her treatments. >> reporter: traditionally doctors may have recommended rest. a new analysis published in the journal of the american medical association says exercise is the best way to fight cancer related fatigue. psy psychological treatment is recommended. >> they don't need to run a marathon. this is about 150 minutes of exercise a week. you can get that in multiple ways. >> reporter: for amy not every day is a run. >> stretching, you yoga, some walking on the treadmill. >> reporter: doing something is key.
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willis. this has burned up the internet. >> i can do things. >> reporter: an 8th grader who does it all with his right arm because he was born m missing the left one. i guess you thought that would slow him down. not on your life. >> least stihe's still humble, wants to help people. he doesn't let anything get to him. >> reporter: after school he is tutoring elementary kids and plans on mentoring another boy missing an arm. >> there are people that were born without a limb reaching out to me saying i inspired them. i said thanks and they can do whatever they put their mind to. >> reporter: for the middle school coach, he sets an example each time he flies through the air. >> when up an obstacle in front of you, how am i going to overcome that? he does that. >> reporter: here he is scoring a touchdown
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for his football team and he's preparing to have his hand full for high school. >> i'm going to do football and basketball and most likely track. >> and homework. >> and homework. and homework. >> do you think you are a better kid because you've had this disability? >> no. i think i'm a good kid because my parents raised me right and pushed me to be the best i can. >> reporter: making fast break around life's obstacles makes this young man a winner this anyone's play book. kevin tibbles, nbc news, washington, iowa. >> that will do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. biden family affair.
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all new details on today's shocking front-page story. >> when did the late beau biden's widow hook up with his younger brother? now on "extra." ♪ extra, extra two years after the tragic death of bow biden, his wife now
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